No boring scenes! That’s a given isn’t it? Not so much, I’ve discovered. No boring scenes is my new writing mantra. A scene, every scene, need not be over the top action or high drama, but every scene must be interesting, must hold excitement, must offer the reader something new, something fun, something cool. Why? If the reader is not entertained, what’s the point?
Working on Chained, a fantasy romance which was my 2009 NaNo book, made me think about scenes, about how to write good ones. Sometimes I decide there are certain scenes that must be written because x has to come before y in order for z to be cool. Problem is–what if x is boring, like moving furniture. Who wants to read that? If I find my mind wandering while in the middle of writing the scene–that’s a problem. So when I’m determining what scenes to write, I also make sure it has a purpose that adds to the story, that keeps it exciting, keeps it interesting. I thought about what keeps me reading a book–my interest is engaged in one way or another by what the writer writes, be it a quiet scene or an action scene or a scene of particular drama.
I’ve done a beat sheet for Chained, and I’ve promised myself that before I write one new word, I will outline the story and know where I’m going, and every scene will give the reader a reason to keep reading. No more boring scenes!